The Clean Sweep

At BISSELL®, we strive to make life easier for active families and pet parents, to give them the time and confidence to enjoy life in a clean home. The Clean Sweep is your online resource for home tips - whether you’re looking for the best ways to clean up life’s messes, expert pet tips, or general lifestyle and home organizing advice, we have it covered!

Why pets? It’s our love for pets that drives us to design products that help make pet messes, odors and pet homelessness disappear. BISSELL proudly supports BISSELL Pet Foundation® and its mission to help save pets in need.
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Are you ready for the cuddliest, snuggliest, fluffiest sporting event of the year? That’s right! It’s almost time for Puppy Bowl XII, which returns to Animal Planet on Sunday, February 7, from 3-5 PM ET/PT. Featuring adoptable “players” from 44 different rescues, it’s become a yearly must-see tradition for football fans and non-fans alike. In between the adorable touchdowns and penalties, visitors to PetHappens.com will watch as 10 foster puppies are unleashed into a pristine white room to create a variety of cute messes. As time ticks by, the puppies will be presented with more messes, from a larger-than-life sloppy joe to a gravy-filled champagne glass tower and a shower of confetti.

Summer is just around the corner and my dog, Chilly, and I can’t wait! Every year, we look forward to spending more time outside, whether it’s lounging on the patio or taking a stroll along the beach. My cats, Turtle and Olivia, also love the longer days and stake their claim to the best sun puddles in the house. Unfortunately, this sunny season also brings potentially serious health hazards for both felines and canines. But by taking just a few simple preventative measures, everyone can safely soak up the dog days of summer. Please note, pet owners should visit or call their veterinarian immediately if they have concerns about a pet’s condition. Additionally, I am not certified as a veterinarian so all of the tips below are based on my personal experience.

The New Year is the perfect time to resolve that you can better manage pet messes around the house. In fact, more families would have pets if they only understood how easy it can be to maintain a clean pet home! A BISSELL pet clean-up survey found that nearly 25 percent of people without pets said pet messes were the main reason they chose to be pet-less.

Whew! The holidays are over for another year. The gifts have been unwrapped. The tree has been put away. And the lights…well, okay, maybe they’re still up. But don’t worry. There’s always next month for that. Here’s something you shouldn’t put off, though. Making your New Year’s resolutions!

The holidays are traditionally a time to gather together with friends and family. And since many of us consider our pets to be part of the family, chances are good that holiday festivities will include both two- and four-footed guests (reindeer excluded). To help your holidays play out more along the lines of It’s a Wonderful Life instead of the gathering gone awry in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (during which crazy Aunt Bethany gives the gift that keeps on “meow-ing”), take a look at these seasonal pet-proofing tips.

Spring is a perfect time to celebrate our animal companions. The weather is just right for our pooches to enjoy more time with us outdoors, exploring all the new “sniffs” of spring. And from a safe perch indoors, our felines can excitedly watch birds and butterflies flutter about, putting the “King of the Jungle” pounce back in their kitty steps.

Of the $18.6 billion spent annually on Valentine’s Day, $815 million will be spent on pets, according to the National Retail Federation. Rightfully so! February 14th is the one day per year you can spoil Fido and Fifi with gifts such as an “I <3 My Pet” desktop frame and not think twice about doing so!

With Christmas fast approaching, many pet parents will want to make magical memories that include their four-legged friends. After all, pets are family! A visit to see Santa can be a fun family outing that allows you to make merry moments in photo form for scrapbooks or holiday cards.

Pets are good for your health - it’s that simple. They make us feel better. So are pets the new fountain of youth, the newest weight-loss craze or a health gimmick? Could pets be the newest vitamin, supplement or prescription to improve your health and your quality of life?

Barbecues, backyard pool parties and fireworks make for the most patriotic of summer celebrations. However, as much fun as the festivities are for the two-legged members of our families, it’s best to do a little prep work to ensure that our four-legged “party animals” stay safe and happy during the celebrations.

Across the country, leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow and gold as families begin preparations for Thanksgiving feasts and fellowship. For many, Thanksgiving festivities include the tradition of sharing what they are thankful for. In my family, we believe that some of our biggest blessings come on four legs.

I am probably not the best pet expert to ask about my opinion on feeding raw food diets to dogs. I personally subscribe to the philosophy that you should feed your dog (or cat) the best quality food you can reasonably afford. If that means a raw food diet for you, I say fine, just be sure you fully educate yourself with reputable resources on raw diets and discuss it with your veterinarian.